August 27, 2022 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2022 Volvo S90 L B6 Inscription AWD

The Gathering Quiet Storm

The conservatively fabulous 2022 Volvo S90 L B6 Inscription AWD is a rewarding full-size saloon priced against premium mid-size luxury sedans. This Onyx Black Metallic test unit comes with all the finest standard equipment available powered by the new mild hybrid B6 powertrain and updated 8-speed automatic that replaces the outgoing T6. The numbers may look like the S90 lost power given too that the supercharger is no longer mechanical but electronic as it works with the intercooled turbo but in reality, it is lighter, and more efficient despite not having the bonus range and power of the PHEV variant that comes with even more power and an additional plug-in battery for extra range like the system found in the Volvo XC60 T8.

The new B6 engine uses brake-by-wire technology which harnesses brake energy to be used intelligently when required and managed by driver behavior. The system will adjust accordingly whether you want maximum fuel economy or spirited progress on the road. Furthermore, the traditional alternator is replaced with the ISG unit that stores energy in the 48V lithium-ion battery to generate more power and torque when needed for improved acceleration as well as smoother transition from idle too.

But there is so much more to this updated mildly facelifted Volvo S90, it has the Inscription packaging combined with All-Wheel-Drive, fully adaptive suspension, an exquisite interior with tasteful genuine wood, soft Nappa brown leather, beautifully sculpted dashboard, ventilated front seats with power-adjustable lateral supports and lower cushion extensions, rear sun shades, four-zone climate control, full-LED signature lighting on both ends, an incredible fabulously sounding 1400-Watt 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system, HUD, panoramic moonroof, crisp and comprehensive 12-inch portrait central infotainment system, 12.3-inch instrument gauge, 360-degree parking cameras with multiple sensors, the unique illuminated hand-made Orrefors® crystal gear knob, lovely tactile diamond-cut switchgear, wireless smartphone charger, and so much more.

The long wheelbase Volvo S90 is truly a genuine flagship that you will enjoy with pride, driving and riding in at a price that undercuts its direct European competition. It looks modest with its minimalist Scandinavian style with the flashiest exterior feature being the handsome 19-inch alloys wrapped with extra quiet yet sticky 255/40R19 100W Pirelli P Zero VOL tires. The handling is athletic yet still very composed. It feels small behind the steering wheel and sensationally sublime as a passenger with abundant rear accommodations and controls to manage your comfort at your own leisure. If you are looking for an affordable full featured premium saloon, this is the unlikely hero that you are looking for supplied with a long list of wonderful standard surprises and features.

Specification – 2022 Volvo S90 L B6 Inscription AWD

Engine: Inline-4

Location: Front, Transverse

Displacement: 1969 cc

Cylinder block: Cast Aluminum

Cylinder head: Cast Aluminum, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder

Fuel Injection: Direct Injection Intercooled Turbo with an Electrically driven supercharger, and a 13 hp / 30 lb-ft of torque (Integrated Starter Generator) 48-volt lithium-ion mild hybrid system with Electric Rear Axle Drive (ERAD).

Max power: 295 bhp @ 5400 rpm (Combined potential maximum power 313 bhp)

Max torque: 310 lb-ft @ 2100-4800 rpm (Combined potential maximum torque 339 lb-ft)

Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic with Manual Mode, electronically controlled active all-wheel drive system.

Front suspension: Independent Double Wishbone, coil spring with Four-C Active Chassis and anti-roll bar.

Rear suspension: Independent Multilink, Air Suspension with Four-C Active Chassis and anti-roll bar.

Fuel Capacity: 60 liters (15.8 gallons)

Ground Clearance: 150 mm

Load Capacity: 396 liters

L x W x H: 5090 mm x 1879 mm x 1450 mm

Wheelbase: 2941 mm

Wading Depth: 250 mm

Brakes: Front 13.6-inch (345 mm) ventilated discs with 1-piston calipers / Rear 12.6-inch (320 mm) vented discs with 1-piston calipers, ABS, HAS, HDC, EBD, ESC, electronic parking brake, Comprehensive Intellisafe Active and Passive Safety Suite.

Wheels: 19”x 8.5J 10-Spoke Black Diamond Cut Two-Tone Alloys

Tires: 255/40R19 100W Pirelli P Zero VOL

Weight: (kerb) 1924 kg. (4232 lbs.)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 6.1 seconds

Top Speed (mph): 180 km/h (113 mph) Governed

Fuel Mileage: 23 mpg City / 31 mpg Highway (9.9 L/100 km overall)

Price as tested: PhP 4,490,000.00

C! RATING 10/10

+Outstanding packaging, Scandinavian charm, elegant, all-weather driving confidence, opulent, very spacious and comfortable, applaudable dynamic performance, a proper luxury flagship saloon.

-Governed top speed, limited available exterior colors, price.


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